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, and madison, wisconsin. that's because what happens in our state legislatures directly affects our taxes, schools, roads, the quality of our air and water, even our right to vote. politicians and lobbyists at the core of this clever enterprise figured out how to pull it off in an organized, camouflaged way, covering their tracks while they put one over on an unsuspecting public. this is the story of how and why it worked. our report was many months in the making. it's a collaboration between tom casciato and kathleen hughes, the filmmakers at okapi productions, and the schumann media center that i head. schumann supports independent journalism and public watchdog groups like the center for media and democracy, whose investigators have been tracking the footprints of alec, an organization hiding in plain sight, yet one of the most influential and powerful in american politics. ♪ ♪ >> i've often told people that i talk to out on the campaign trail when they say "state what?" when i say i'm running for the state legislature. i tell them that the decisions that are made here in the legis
cliff and preventing a big tax hike for everybody are going backwards fast. just listen to the democratic senate leader talking about the speaker of the house today. >> i don't understand his brain, so, you should ask him. >> reporter: president obama and speaker boehner spoke by phone last night in a call sources tell abc news was blunt and unproductive. both men refusing to give ground on the issue of tax rates for the wealthy. obama insisting they go up, boehner insisting they don't. >> listen, this is not a game. jobs are on the line. the american economy is on the line. this is a moment for adult leadership. >> reporter: and taxes aren't the only sticking point. republicans are demanding the president come forward with a plan to limit spending on medicare and social security, something many democrats say is just not acceptable. >> i didn't have my own card with me. jill wouldn't let me have one. >> reporter: vice president biden got into the act today, too, taking a break from christmas shopping and snacking at costco to urge congress to extend middle class tax cuts
for things she has done, drug-, alcohol-related. now the irs is going after back taxes. she owes money for 2009 and 2010. they have seized her bank accounts. she reportedly owes $233,000 in unpaid federal taxes. she's falling behind for 2011 as well. you remember charlie sheen gave her 100 grand to try to get her back on track. >> more than that? >> yeah. she's going to need a little more than that. but she's reportedly downing two bottles of vodka a day because of stress of her summer car crash and krecent bar brawl las week. charged with misdemeanor assault. >> she is reportedly refusing to to enter rehab. according to tmz. i feel badly for her. >> hope we are not watching an amy winehouse. in the making, that's my fear with lindsay. she is going to need the money. has enough lawyer fees. i don't understand how wealthy get back on their taxes anyway. wish her luck. >> she is said to earn more than $2 million end of this year. which she probably already owes. >> weird. >>> all right. speaking of weird, mike tyson in the news. he came out and said he was high on cocaine during the film
as year-end tax hikes and spending cuts moved another day closer. on the face of it there seemed to be little movement today. >> no substantive progress has been made in the talks between the white house and the house over the last two weeks. >> sreenivasan: treasury secretary timothy geithner and legislative chief rob nabors arrived at the capitol this morning, for meetings with congressional leaders. house speaker john boehner also spoke to president obama on the phone last night. he said he wanted to know where the administration would rein in spending, but that he had heard nothing new. >> i was hopeful we'd see a specific plan for cutting spending. we sought to find out today what the president is really willing to do. listen, i remain hopeful that productive conversations in the days ahead can be had but the white house has to get serious. >> sreenivasan: senate minority leader mitch mcconnell echoed that complaint. in a statement, he said, "today, they took a step backward and significantly closer to the cliff." conversely, white house spokesman jay carney charged republi
dwindle and taxes are set to go up for millions of families and businesses, republicans in the house finally showed up at the negotiating table. and now we know why they've been holding their cards so close it their vest. their proposal would raise taxes on millions of middle-class families. their plan to raise $800 billion in revenue by eliminating popular tax deductions and credits would reach deep into pockets of middle-class families. republicans are so intent on protecting low tax rates for millionaires and billionaires, they're willing to sacrifice middle-class families' economic security to do so. at the first of the year, middle-class families, will get an average of $200 i,200 in additional taxes they'll have to pay. their proposal was short on specifics but we do know from independent analysis that it is impossible to raise enough revenue and make a dent in our deficit without using one of two things -- raising tax rates on the top 2% or raising taxes on the middle class. and, as my friend, the senior senator from missouri, said on the sunday talk shows, the speaker has to
are proposing a brand new plan to prevent the so-called falling off of that cliff. the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts that are set to kick in on the first of the year. the proposal counters one from the white house which republics deemed a joke. the g.o.p. plan would at least for now extend the bush era tax cuts including those cuts for the wealthiest americans it proposes raising $800 billion from tax reform over the course of the decade. and includes more than a trillion dollars in spending cuts. but monday none of them he really detailed. in addition the plan called for changes to the so-called entitlement programs, increasing the eligibility age for medicare and lowering the annual cost of living hikes for social security hikes. flu our -- put theirs on the table and dared republicans to do the same. >> they have done that tonight. the officials saying that the counter offer is ridiculous. they are hammering the fact that there is not enough in terms of tax revenue. that there is too much in terms of spending cuts. also limited detail as you noted about those spending cuts. anot
take money out of almost everybody's pockets, in the form of higher taxes, there is more wrangling ahead today in washington. but are the two sides any closer to agreeing on something? >> that's right. more high level meetings today. treasury secretary tim geithner, kind of obama's negotiator man at the table. see if they can make any headway. >>> art, later this half hour, she's 50, he's 26. demi moore has a new younger man in her life. who she is dating now coming up "the skinny." interesting choice. seeing how the last relationship turned out. >> all you need to know his last name is schnabel. >> not making that up. we are not making that up. >> no. >>> but first, we begin with breaking news, powerball officials are making it official this morning. two jackpot tickets sold for last night's lottery, one in missouri and one in arizona. >> missouri and arizona. congratulations. get this. by the time of the drawing the jackpot was worth $580 million. so we should mention the winning numbers right now, here they are, 5, 16, 22, 23, 29, and the powerball, my personal favorite number,
was a low d. in order to keep up, the bay area needs to spend nearly $3 billion. lawmakers say raising taxes is controversial but it's the best option. they voted in berkeley to pay higher property taxes to fix roads and other problems in the infrastructure. so engineers say at this point it could be a cautionary tale. pay up now or pay more down the road. cate caugiran, cbs 5. >> thank you. >> go to cbssf.com/weather to see hi-def doppler in your own neighborhood. >>> 5:06. let's check the roads. >> it's dry for now. yesterday we had so many accidents with the rain and wind. for right now the camera holding steady. 880 through oakland no major wind advisories this morning. we did have an accident northbound 880 at high street. it is now clear. so quick trip all the way up between the oakland coliseum and downtown. otherwise the golden gate bridge doing lane changes now so in the meantime you will notice closures in that southbound one commute towards doyle drive. highway 121 at 128 the northbound lane of 121 is block. they are working to clear it now. the accident has been there since 3:30
by their election success, argued that voters chose higher tax rates for wealthy americans as part of any plan to cut the deficit. and say republicans will have to give in. >> did speaker john boehner get the message? because the message was work together. >> they're not going to openly concede on this point this far out from the deadline, but they see the handwriting on the wall. >> reporter: late today, gop sources said that they have some details about the proposal brought here from tim geithner. they say the white house is offering $1.6 trillion in tax increases over ten years, 400 billion in cuts coming later. and no new proposals dealing with entitlement reform. republicans say for them, a nonstarter. >> kelly o'donnell, another cold night on capitol hill. thank you. >>> and as this debate goes on, a memorial service in washington today for a long-time budget-cutting warrior, former senator warren rudman, and david suitor was among them, and former senator and white house chief of staff, howard baker, a republican from new hampshire who authored a bill that included automatic spending cu
is suggesting that instead of risking a tax increase on everyone, it would be better to let tax increases for the top 2% of earners go up. but the top gop leader in the house says that's a no-go. >> the goal here is to control the economy and control spending. you're not going to grow the economy if you raise tax rates on the top two rates. it will hurt small businesses. it will hurt our economy. why? this is not the right approach. >> reporter: boehner and president obama said they are optimistic that a deal can be reached by christmas. >>> turning overseas to egypt, where opponents of president mohamed morsi are calling for a second revolution. morsi is addressing his people today. a speech in which he's expected to discuss his move last week to seize near absolute power. thousands have been on the streets of cairo protesting that move since. morsi is showing no signs, though, of backing down. >>> and with the conflict in syria showing no signs of ending, the obama administration is reportedly considering deeper intervention there. this morning's "new york times" says no decisions have
by headlines regarding the fiscal cliff. > what is your reaction to a lawmaker who wants to put an extra tax on high-speed trading? what do you think about that? > > i think it is short- sightedness. i don't mean that as any real criticism, but when you look at it, they really want to arrest the problem. it should really be on cancellations. the speed of trading isn't- in my opinion, isn't really the issue. speed should be competitive and whatnot. as long as everyone has the same fair advantage to that, i think that's what the key is. putting a tax on a broad level, saying this will fix all, i think there would be so many unattended consequences as a result of that and what it opens the door for, i just think it is totally counterproductive and really not the solution. it's a hair trigger. > thanks for your thoughts today. good to have you on the show. have a good one. > > you too. president obama heads to philadelphia today to visit a toy manufacturing plant. it's where he will also talk about his plan to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. comments yesterday from house speaker john bohener h
higher taxes on the rich or watch everyone get a tax hike. >> that's sort of like the lump of coal you get for christmas. that's a scrooge christmas. >> so, what is next? george stephanopoulos is going to sit down with the treasury secretary tim geithner for a reality check on these negotiations, this sunday on "this week." >>> and we head overseas now to israel, and the provocative new announcement there. officials in israel saying they will build 3,000 new israeli homes in jerusalem. the palestinians condemned the announcement. it comes on the heels of that historic vote by the united nations, making palestine an observer state, over the objections of israel and the u.s. >>> and nearby in egypt, tahrir square again filling up with protesters, more than 100,000 at times today, chanting against their president, mohamed morsi, claiming he jammed through a draft of a new constitution, which strengthens the muslim brotherhood against christians and liberals. critics say it would curb the rights of women and freedom of speech. >>> and back here at home, a terrifying scene in a small town.
stormwater was a d. the bay area needs to spend $3 billion a year to keep up. lawmakers say raising taxes is controversial but the best option at this point. in berkeley they just voted to pay higher property taxes to fix intrastructure. and now engineers are saying it could be a cautionary tale but it's best to pay now rather than pay for it 10 years down the road. live in daly city, cate caugiran, cbs 5. >>> remember, you can get live hi-def doppler radar for your neighborhood anytime and also find information on sandbag locations on our cbssf.com/weather. >>> let's kick it over to traffic now. we have a situation i guess down in san leandro. >> a truck hit cars in a car lot so damage to the cars in the lots. obviously a lot of flashing lights as well over head. we have chopper 5 zooming in. so you are looking live now at the intersection of east 14th and 162nd avenue. this is right there by the united auto center. again that truck just slammed into the cars. no injuries. the truck may have diesel fuel in it. you can see some cars were able to get by. only blocking maybe a lane or two o
, of a potential compromise there to avoid the so called fiscal cliff that would raise taxes on a typical american family by some $2,200. republican congressman tom cole, of oklahoma, is urging republicans to accept president obama's deal and allow the bush-era tax cuts on the wealthy to expire for now. so tax cuts for the middle class can stay in effect. but house speaker john boehner remains opposed, saying a tax hike on the wealthy will hurt the economy. >>> today, president obama is hosting mitt romney at the white house for a private lunch. after the election, the president promised to reach out to romney for his ideas. >>> and overseas, the u.s. could be getting more involved in the civil war in syria. "the new york times" is reporting the obama administration is considering options, including arming the rebel fighters there who have made progress in recent days in battling bashar al assad's forces. >>> and more trouble for president obama's expected nominee for secretary of state. susan collins says she will not back rice for the job, until more questions on the attack on the u.s. consulate
are campaign or super pacs weren't at the best. >> eric: yes, i did pay my taxes. no i didn't kill anyone. >> kimberly: i'm not against dogs, yeah, the whole thing. i like dogs. >> eric: i like twitter. that was the big thing. please roll the video. according to the reporter newspaper, president obama plans to do his annual wine vacation, get this, the dates are december 17 through january 6. so that means, while america is hurled head first off the fiscal cliff, the obama will spend 21 days golfing, body surfing and lunching to the tune of $4 million taxpayer dollars. you can't make stuff up. >> kimberly: that sounds good to me. >> dana: the reporters would have complained if they spent 21 days in waco. but 21 in hawaii could be worse. he said let's make sure we get it done before christmas. get it done on december 16, sign it, get out of town. >> eric: $4 million. >> bob: if he was in the bathroom at the white house it would cost $4 million. >> eric: december 17 to january 6. fiscal cliff hits december 31. smack dab in middle of this vacation. he snub hawaii, body surfing. >> kimberly:
of the prop 30 tax hike. in october, his rating was 42%. early last year, it reached a low of 34%. as for the state budget, the ppic poll finds 94% of californians consider it a problem. of that number, 68% say it's a big problem. 26% say it's somewhat of a problem. coming up in four minutes, a report of lawmakers purchasing cars after having them fixed up with your tax dollars. >>> there's been a lot of tough talk from the white house today about the fiscal cliff. treasury secretary, tim geithner said the administration is quote, absolutely ready to let the economy go over that cliff, rather than drop the higher tax rates for top earners. president obama also told a group of ceos, he won't republicans inject the threat of a government default into the current negotiations. >> that is a bad strategy for america. it is a bad strategy for your businesses, and it is not a game that i will play. >> in spite of the rhetoric, president obama and house speaker john boehner did speak by phone today for the first time in days. neither side is revealing what they discussed. >>> on wall str
is doing. finding brown's approval rating at 48% following the passage of the prop 30 tax hike. in october, his rating was 42%. early last year, it reached a low of 34%. as for the state budget, the ppic poll finds 94% of californians consider it a problem. of that number, 68% say it's a big problem. 26% say it's somewhat of a problem. coming up in four minutes, a report of lawmakers purchasing cars after having them fixed up with your tax dollars. >>> there's been a lot of tough talk from the white house today about the fiscal cliff. treasury secretary, tim geithner said the administration is quote, absolutely ready to let the economy go over that cliff, rather than drop the higher tax rates for top earners. president obama also told a group of ceos, he won't republicans inject the threat of a government default into the current negotiations. >> that is a bad strategy for america. it is a bad strategy for your businesses, and it is not a game that i will play. >> in spite of the rhetoric, president obama and house speaker john boehner did speak by phone today for the first time in days. n
to be moving on what they need to do to avoid a fiscal cliff and reach an agreement. republicans say no tax rate increases. democrats aren't giving in on entitlement reforms. is this just posturing? or are we in real trouble here? >> reporter: well, this is washington. the whole fiscal cliff is forcing them to do something. but you nailed it on the specifics. it is tax rates. the president has said that tax rates will go up for the wealthy. republicans won't bend on that. yesterday, john boehner said, we are at a stalemate. yes, this is posturing. yes, this is washington. we have four weeks to go. we're going to have ups and downs. >> ups and downs in the stock market, as well. david, thanks. have a great weekend. >> reporter: you, too. >>> now, to the star college basketball players accused of abusing their position as big men on campus. they're now facing burglary charges for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars of stuff from their fellow students. and abc's john muller is covering the story. john? >> reporter: good morning, dan. hofstra students say iphones, computers and even cash ha
. everybody says it's going to be an economic catastrophe if we do. an average of $2,200 in extra taxes next year for the average american family. the president has undergone a campaign style series of events. he's had ceos marching up and down the driveway here. he's got a twitter campaign. yesterday he was out in suburban philadelphia asking con stitch wa -- constituents to write in, call, do whatever they need to do to get in touch with those republicans in the house of representatives, try to get them to turn their votes. the president put his first proposal on capitol hill last week. it had $1.6 trillion in new revenues. about half of it coming from ending tax cuts for the wealthy, something that he campaigned on. there are about $600 billion in cuts in domestic programs like medicare. it was greated with gails of laughter by the senate republican leader. here's what the president and the speaker of the house had to say about it yesterday. >> i don't think it's acceptable to you for just a handful of republicans in congress to hold middle class tax cuts hostage simply because they don't
on >>> this morning on "world news now" -- fiscal fiasco. the fight over taxes and political power in washington as the fiscliff >>> this morning on "world news now" -- fiscal fiasco. the fight over taxes and political power in washington as the fiscal cliff looms and fears of a recession close in. >> the latest negotiations and nasty exchanges in a battle over everyone's money. it is wednesday, december 5th. >> announcer: from abc new, this is "world news now." >>> good hump day, everybody. wednesday morning. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm paula faris. >>> we're going to update you on the big fiscal fight in our top story from washington. and from one capital to another, the political uproar in egypt. how cairo police are taking action as thousand of protesters hit streets in outrage. an all-too-familiar scene. >> most protesters say it seems like they traded one dictator for another. >> for another. >>> hard to believe it is. they're part of a growing group of so-called preppers getting ready, as you can see, for the very, very worst. normal everyday folks getting ready for the end of time. >> com
the rapid growth of programs like medicare and medicaid. the president is insisting that tax rates go up on families will accede to under $50,000 a year. house speaker john banar is adamant that any tax revenues come from overhauling the tax code. clearing tax breaks and lowering rates for everyone. >> two tickets last night. one was sold in arizona one was sold in missouri in both matched all six numbers. arizona lottery officials said they have no information on the winter. they look at now is where it was sold at a press conference. two very lucky ticket holders. >> authorities have released the two names of two teenage girls were shot and killed during a weekend in oakland. 16 year old bobbysartan and 16 euro raquel gerstall will found 6:00 a.m. sunday morning with multiple gunshot spirit please do not have a motive for the killings now. they do not know why the girl for on an oakland street along that early morning. >> will take a quick break it is five 06 a.m. we have a live look outside. this time from the embarcadero in san francisco. you can see the western span across the bay b
that they were going to, you know, pull out support, cut the tax revenues, but in the end the palestinian hort is important to israel because they provide the policing there. israel doesn't want to have to go back in and take over, and that's exactly what abbas threatened them with. i'll give you the keys to the palestinian authority headquarters. come and take them. the israelis really don't want them. >> i sense this is an important story. i mean, obviously. you are talking about the palestinians that suffer greatly if the u.n. pulled out that money and leverage there, but they are moving -- >> the u.s. has to be careful not to be on the wrong side. i mean, there's a change here that's taking place in the middle east. look at syria today, what's happening all across the middle east. >> okay. we got to leave it there. >> all right. >> thank you very much. >>> they're buzzing overhead. they are actually looking down on us from above. we're going to tell you why it is not just terror suspects who are being watched by drones and why some think the new technology could be violating our privacy. m
at this point. neither republicans nor democrats seem willing to budge on the issue of tax rates for the wealthy. unless the two sides can reach some kind of deal, spending cuts and also tax hikes will collectively take effect starting january 1st. the clock is ticking. >> it is. >>> the united nations has overwhelmingly approved recognition of a palestinian state, a move staunchly opposed by the u.s. and israel. >> but in the west bank and gaza, palestinians, they celebrated on the streets. the historic vote upgrades palestine to nonmember nonvoting observer status only. meanwhile, u.s. ambassador, susan rice, she denounced the resolution. saying, quote, it's counterproductive to the goal of mideast peace. >> and the palestinian people will wake up tomorrow and find that little about their lives has changed, save that the prospects of a durable peace have only receded. >> rice added that the u.s. will continue to stand up against every effort that seeks to undermine israel's security. >>> the supreme court justices will meet today to consider taking up the issue of same-sex marriage. seven case
they are ready to compromise but republicans need to ask the wealthiest americans to pay higher tax rates. >> the fiscal cliff deal, charles krauthammer is talking about it. he calls it quote insulting. >> it's not just a bad deal. what geithner offers on the street robert e. lee was offered easier terms and he lost the civil war. democrats won by 3 percent of the voeft and they did not hold the house. republicans won the house. this is not the condition of surrender but that's what the administration is asking the republicans. they are not only cuts there are increase in spending with a new stimulus. this is almost unheard of. what do they expect? they obviously expect they will cave on everything. i think they ought to simply walk away. the president is the president. he is the leader. they are remanning republicans explain all of the cuts they want to mac. we had that movie a year and a half ago where paul ryan presented a budget a serious real budget with real cuts, obama was supposed to give a speech in which he would respond with a counteroffer. he gave a speech we had ryan sitting
will see their taxes automatically go up at the beginning of next year. >> i will violate the pledge, long story short, for the good of the country. >> i'm not obligated on the pledge. >> the world has changed, and the economic situation is different. >> susan rice is extraordinary. i couldn't be prouder of the job that she has done. >> the concerns i have are greater today than they were before. >> by all accounts she is talented, capable, and extremely abrasive. >> we have a new -- a new -- [ indiscernible ] >> reporter: the crowd is chanting the same chants we heard two years ago during the revolution. >>> the industry apparel brand in the u.s. have been warned again and again about the extreme dangers to apparel workers in bangladesh and yet they have not taken action. >> i was blown away that at the heart of this hunt was this young woman who had a kind of tenacity and dedication and a courage. she would never say no. >>> i'm on "two and a half men." i don't want to be on it. please stop watching it. please stop filling your head with filth. >>> the winners and champions of "dancing w
n thede a tax rate increase on the wealthy. >> the only thing that stands in the way of an agreement that's wa ood for the american economy is that a group of republicans weade they're going to block e's increase in tax rates on wealthy americans. >> reporter: geithner says he's optimistic a deal is possible. even as a key negotiator tells bs news the deadline to reach 15tromise is december 15th. e foress needs time for the rocessative process to work. to the house and senate to pass presidentnd for the president to sign it by december 31st. >> right now i would say we're eportee. period. we're nowhere. >> reporter: calling the president's plan to avert the asking fiff a nonserious proposal. th ohe president is asking for $1.6 trillion worth of new revenue over ten years. twice as much as he's been asking for in public. excee stimulus spending in here wast exceeded the amount of new not ahat he was willing to consider. it was not a serious offer. > i think we're going over the cliff. it's pretty clear to me they've ode a political calculation. this offer doesn't remotely deal with en
all week. and, boy, a big showdown in washington yesterday. the high-stakes meetings over the tax deal brew apart. tim geithner took the president's latest offer to the republicans. you see him there with mitch mcconnell, the republican senate leader, who he said he laughed out loud when he saw geithner's proposal. we'll have all the details ahead. >> wow. >>> and a shocking medical headline this morning. glass particles in a generic drug for lipitor. a drug millions take to control their cholesterol. very scary findings. >> absolutely. >>> look at this, everybody. the secret santa. we don't know his name, trekking around some of the areas hardest hit by hurricane sandy, handing out $100 bills to those in need. >> happy holidays. >> yes. >> absolutely. >>> let's begin with america's latest powerball millionaires. one in arizona. one in missouri. and alex perez is in the small town of dearborn, missouri, where one lucky man is about to go public with his good fortune. good morning, alex. >> reporter: well, george, good morning. within hours, the big mystery in this teeny, tiny town coul
. they want to make the pay out before the higher tax rates may kick in this case congress and the white house can't reach a budget compromise. other companies including tyson foods and wind resorts have announced similar moves. there are reports apple is considered doing the same thing but of course apple has made no comment yet. >> the president is sending the treasurey secretary to capitol hill for fiscal cliff talks with congressional leaders. jamie joins us now by skype from washington dc. any progress in clearing the gap? >> reporter: we are trying to figure out that right now. he was just down stairs from me in the capitol a little while ago. his first meeting with harry reid, next meeting now with john baynor. we hope to hear from both of them in about an hour. nobody is quite sure whether this is a new plan that they are bringing up to sort of shop with leaders, you know we -- if we were talking about negotiations today on the fiscal cliff we may think of a big room or everybody is meeting together at once. that's not what is going on. he is meeting first with reid and then with bayn
with republicans to increase taxes on wealthier americans, after a show of bipartisanship. the president inviting mitt romney to the white house on thursday. with washington deadlocked, president obama reached out to his former rival, inviting mitt romney to lunch at the white house, aiming to put past differences to rest. >> i think that he's very interested in some of governor romney's ideas. >> reporter: romney arrived shortly after noon thursday. white house officials revealed few details about the lunch, saying only they ate white turkey chili, and the meeting lasted more than an hour, with governor romney congratulating the president on re-election. in the sole picture released by the white house, you can see the dining room where the men ate and boxing gloves. aides joked there were no punches thrown describing the encounter as friendly. >> i am happy to see this picture, it is good for the american people. >> reporter: a very different tone on capitol hill as fiscal cliff negotiations remain rocky. the president sent his top negotiator, treasury secretary tim geithner to meet with congres
. the whole fiscal cliff is forcing them to do something. the president has said that tax rates will go up for the wealthy. republicans won't bend on that yesterday, john boehner said, we are at a stalemate. this is posturing. this is washington. we're going to have ups and downs. >> ups and downs in the stock market, as well. david, thanks. have a great weekend. >> you, too. >>> now, to the star college basketball players accused of abusing their position as big men on campus. they're facing burglary charges for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars of stuff from their fellow students. and abc's john muller is covering the story. john? >> reporter: good morning, dan. hofstra students say iphones, computers and cash has been disappearing from their dormrooms all semester. one used an app to find their iphone. now, four players from the division i basketball team are under arrest. faces, covered in shame. hiding tears as they leave a long island courthouse. another man, pushing and even taking swings at a cameraman as he storms out of court. they are the stunned loved ones of four hofstra
know you have all heard of the so-called fiscal cliff, the huge tax hikes and spending cuts that will be triggered if congress and the white house don't reach a budget deal by the end of the month. well, what are we looking at? first, cuts in defense. also bush era tax cuts set to x expire, so the majority of americans will pay more taxes. also at stake, the payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits expect to get cut. dana, in your most recent column, you say it doesn't seem like anyone is doing anything but photo ops and news conferences. one politician was quoted as saying, effectively, we have a month. that's loads of time. is this a sophisticated game of chicken? >> it's a rather unsophisticated game of chicken, kind of elementary. what they're doing, both sides really, is doing a lot of posturing and waiting until they get close to the deadline if not go over the deadline because they feel if they go over the deadline, they're in a position to tell their hard core supporters, look, we have really got to make this deal now or that's the end. the economy goes back in
on this tax issue? he has no sway with republicans. by the way, this idea of bringing mitt romney into the obama administration is -- honestly, it's laughable. the guy ran against everything that obama stands for. >> it worked on the west wing. >> with all due respect as well, president obama -- this isn't coming from some right winger. you can take that out of your ears. it comes from reporters across capitol hill. president obama doesn't like doing these things. he doesn't like the personal interaction. and he certainly isn't one known to set aside his grudge. so i don't see any place for mitt romney inside an obama administration. >> i still think it would be nice. wait a second. wait a second. i think it would be nice for symbolism sake, perhaps, if president obama and mitt romney came out after that luncheon and appeared before cameras, said a few things and walked away. wouldn't that be nice, roland? >> no, no. >> come on. yes, it would. >> no, it wouldn't. no, it wouldn't. first of all, what are they going to say? the salmon's great? come on. the bottom line is if you're th
taxes on the wealthiest americans. >> that's what the president suggested. >>> ladies and gentlemen, the fiscal -- cliff! >> lottery officials will introduce the holder of one of the two winning jackpot tickets today. >> i'm very happy for him. he has worked very hard in his life and won't have to any more. >> the other big winner in arizona remains a mystery. >> the ticket holder may be all the way across this country in maryland. surveillance video shows a man who purportedly just found out that he wan on. >> now asking that person to come forward, show his ticket and bring your papers. >> lindsay lohan went to jail just to stay dry. >> whipped out his membership card. >> beau obama, inspecting the white house christmas decorations. >>> are you kidding me? >> never has drew brees thrown foiv interceptions and atlanta will survive. >>> an act of kindness by a new york cop going viral. tourist taking this photo of police officer larry deprimo giving boots to a homeless man. >> absolutely humbling experience. >> the police officer said it felt like the right thing to do and nicholas
-- forward on avoiding that fiscal cliff. he is due to meet to talk about how to avoid a series of tax heights and series of cuts due to begin in january. president barack obama said he will do whatever it takes to get this done and also today, president barack obama will have lunch at the white house with mitt romney, his former rival. during his election speech he said he would reach out to mitt romney and he is doing it. the white house has no specific ideas but they are looking forward to making the government work more efficiently. >>> there is an accident in the east bay, a big-rig slammed into three parked cars and has spilled diesel. it slammed into these cars here and the fire department is trying to mop up the diesel fuel spill. this is right between san leandro and cost trough valley. and it is off of 162nd avenue and you can see that it has created quite a mess there, so the crews will be there for quite some time trying to contain this. it did happen almost an hour ago so they have been on the scene almost an hour ago. you can see traffic is flowing nicely in both directi
. >> if congress does nothing, every family in america will see their taxes automatically go up at the beginning of next year. >> reporter: the president wants congress to extend the bush tax rates for those making less than $250,000, but let taxes go up for everyone else. he's taking that message on the road friday to pennsylvania. not to be outdone on the pr front, house republicans hosted a group of nervous business leaders who have signed on to a campaign called "fix the debt" who want spending cuts to supplement the tax hikes. >> we put revenue on the table as long as it's accompanied by serious spending cuts to avert this crisis. >> reporter: and as the president gets set to change up his cabinet, he took time out of wednesday's cabinet meeting to defend the woman who could be his next secretary of state. >> susan rice is extraordinary. couldn't be prouder of the job that she's done. >> reporter: following that vote of confidence for rice, the outgoing secretary of state., hillary clinton, also spoke out. >> susan rice has done a great job as our ambassador to the united nations. >> report
, in fact, with tax the gentleman from oklahoma anded sait something simple, if you are adjudicated mentally infirm you're on the same list that prevents you from buying a gun as if you're a felon. in my judgment, i love our veterans, i vote for them all the time, they defend us. but if you are mentally ill, whether you're a veteran or not, just like if you're a felon, if you're a veteran or not, and you have been judged to be mentally infirm, you should not have a gun. and that no amendment, my friend, is absolute. the first amendment is not absolute, you're against antipornography laws. the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eight and ninth amendments are absolute and as much as i believe in the second amendment and the right to bear arms and was a supporter of the heller amendment neither is the second amendment. i continue my objection to the provision. mr. mccain: may i be recognized? the presiding officer: the senator from arizona. mr. mccain: what we have here after 12 hiewrs today, eight hours yesterday and 42 amendments and many more coming in a manager's package, what we hav
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times you can go to the well. small tax base, especially coming out of recession when receipts are down and then this hits. i think you make an important point. this committee won't be working with the -- so many of us, not by itself, west coast, east coast experience this, they will get very involved in the supplemental pick and i think you make a very important point about local management. thank you. and representative smith, last but not least, the floor is yours. >> thank you so much for convened a very timely and important hearing. madam chairman, hours after hurricane sandy made landfall in new jersey last month, i met with victims, elected officials and emergency responders to survey the damage of our coastal communities and i have about 20 that are right on the water. saw the devastation to lives, homes and businesses brought by this storm. i walked with the mayor of the day after, and the smell of gas, natural gas was so strong, so pungent that if any of us lit a match we would've had an explosion in many homes get burned down to nothingness. the courage and tenacity and resil
in the breaking his taxes pledge in order to get a deal with house and senate democrats. as amihai and paul pos mur the director of the administration program at george mason university and i want to welcome you to the session which we are calling looking back to move forward the 1990 budget summit revisited co-sponsored by george mason university and the bipartisan policy center. it's our pleasure to put this on and recognize with all the frenzy about the fiscal cliff that we have a history and some of that history is successful in resolving the deep seated choices within the budgeting. that is what we are going to look back and talk about today and see whether we can learn any lessons from that experience. we will go over the detailed program and a few minutes but i want first to introduce our keynote speaker tom davis many of you know and most of you know tom. thomas somebody i call a academic. he's covered many bases and was the county executive for fairfax county. he was the representative to washington from fairfax to the congress and became the chairman of the house government operations
that incumbent users are made whole. moreover, as part of the middle-class tax relief act of 2012, congress expanded the scope of funding from the relocation fund to include the costs of planning for relocation. i am confident that the pentagon and the larger federal government can more efficiently manage its spectrum holdings and make available additional spectrum to create jobs. i hope we can work this out and have it included as part of the defense authorization bill. i certainly believe it's an amendment that's important with regard to the issue that i mentioned and that is the reallocation, relocation of spectrum in this country to allow for multiple uses, obviously important private and commercial uses out there and enormous demand, that demand is is adding significantly to our economy and creating jobs for literally thousands and millions of americans. madam president, with that i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: the presiding officer: the senator from michigan. mr. levin: i ask fur
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